Ron Gaudet chosen to lead ESJ team
Economic Development Greater Saint John chose Ron Gaudet to lead the regional economic agency in the summer of 2017 in effort to solidify its efforts to pursue job creation and innovation in our region. Gaudet had this to say about his move to our region, at the time.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to return to New Brunswick and to work with the excellent Staff, Board and Community Partners of Enterprise Saint John. The Saint John region is a critically important part of the Province’s economic fabric. I am thrilled to build on that heritage while focusing on an exciting, relevant and robust economic future that supports an outstanding way of living,” said Ron Gaudet.
Gaudet had previously spent the last seven years leading a number of economic development agencies including Windsor- Essex, Region of Waterloo and has done project work with several Ontario communities including the City of Guelph, West Lincoln and Huron County. He also served as a special advisor on Innovation Strategies for the University of Windsor’s, Innovation Centre and Industrial Courtyard. He is originally from New Brunswick and prior to his move to Ontario, he was the President and CEO of the Greater Moncton Economic Development Corporation (GMEC), and served as Vice President – Advancement at Crandall University.
In 2007, Gaudet was named the Canadian Economic Developer of the Year by the Economic Developers Association of Canada, as well as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, and one of Atlantic Canada’s Top CEOs.
In June, a hiring committee was created made up of ESJ board members and the Chair of the Regional Oversight Committee (ROC), City of Saint John Mayor, Don Darling. Gaudet was chosen after a lengthy search, with more than 50 candidates applying from multiple provinces and the United States.
Ron began his new role as Enterprise Saint John’s, CEO on November 1, 2017.